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Byline: Sue Carroll

TWO women, two crimes, two sentences.

For "duplicitous, deceitful and dishonest'' Joyti De-Laurey, who stole more than pounds 4.4million from her rich bosses at Goldman Sachs, seven years in prison.

For "callous, ruthless and unprofessional'' nurse Barbara Salisbury, guilty of attempting to murder two elderly patients in her care by giving them overdoses of painkillers, five years in prison.

There's only one way to interpret this. Theft is a crime considerably more serious than depriving the old and vulnerable of respect and robbing them of dignity in death.

Last week, Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, decreed that, when appointing magistrates, "common sense" is not a required quali-fication. Rather unnecessary.

When it comes to our judiciary, common sense flew out of the window long ago.


JAIL: De-Laurey
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 23, 2004
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